Pocket power From cap­tur­ing your lat­est sketch ideas, to en­abling you to cre­ate fully ren­dered art­work, this paint­ing app aims to do it all. Does it suc­ceed?

ImagineFX - - Contents - Price £4 (free up­date for ex­ist­ing users) Com­pany Sav­age In­ter­ac­tive Web­cre­ With its freshly writ­ten un­der­ly­ing code, ver­sion 2 may as well be a brand new app

What does the lat­est ver­sion of Pro­cre­ate Pocket of­fer the artist on the go?

Sav­age In­ter­ac­tive re­leased Pro­cre­ate Pocket at the end of 2014. The iPhone ver­sion of Pro­cre­ate was well re­ceived, with users mak­ing the most of the app’s 12 de­fault brushes to paint on the go.

In the years since, artists have come to ex­pect more from their cre­ative apps, and so the de­vel­op­ers have stepped up to the plate with ver­sion 2 of Pro­cre­ate Pocket that, with its freshly writ­ten un­der­ly­ing code, may as well be a brand new app.

When it’s launched, you’re pre­sented with a screen ask­ing if you want to se­lect a can­vas from dis­played ex­am­ples, a user-cre­ated one, im­port an ex­ist­ing im­age, open a photo, or cre­ate a new can­vas. New can­vases can be cre­ated in var­i­ous sizes up to a whop­ping 8K res­o­lu­tion.

Pro­cre­ate Pocket 2 has a clean and min­i­mally in­va­sive in­ter­face that makes the most of the iPhone X’s larger screen, al­though it works well on smaller iPhone mod­els, too. Ba­sic tools are lo­cated at the top of the screen in­clud­ing a drop-down Mod­ify menu. Two small tabs on the left con­trol your brush’s size and opac­ity level.

The Mod­ify menu items en­ables you to make changes to ei­ther the app or your im­age. The span­ner icon opens the Ac­tions menu where you al­ter how the app be­haves, while the wand icon brings up the Ad­just­ments menu. Here, art tweaks can be ap­plied to lay­ers or com­plete im­ages. The S icon brings up the Se­lec­tion menu, and the Ar­row icon ac­cesses trans­form­ing tools.

To start paint­ing, se­lect the brush on the top menu. You’re pre­sented with

mul­ti­ple draw­ing and paint­ing tools that are ar­ranged in 17 in­di­vid­ual sets. Each set com­prises mul­ti­ple brushes – there are now 136 to choose from in the app – and brushes can be cus­tomised and saved. With a brush cho­sen se­lect a colour us­ing the far right cir­cle icon. There are four ways of choos­ing colours, and colour pal­ettes can be im­ported, too. Click the Lay­ers icon to see all the im­age’s lay­ers. You can add or turn on and off a layer’s vis­i­bil­ity, cre­ate new lay­ers, group lay­ers and change blend­ing modes.

Ready to start paint­ing? With so many op­tions the num­ber of choices can seem over­whelm­ing but re­ally, you can start by pick­ing a brush, a colour, and then just start get­ting cre­ative.

The app con­tains many more ad­vanced fea­tures, such as 64-bit colour, con­tin­u­ous auto-save, 250 undo lev­els, and record­ing your work in 30-sec­ond bursts for shar­ing on­line. Over­all, a prod­uct of this ma­tu­rity and qual­ity is a rare thing. Artists who own an iPhone should make Pro­cre­ate Pocket 2 their app of choice.

Alexan­dra Zutto, Jac­quelin de Leon and Jan­ice Sung show what’s pos­si­ble in the new ver­sion of the app.

Aaron Grif­fin took time out from this con­cept art duties at Cri­te­rion Games to paint this gen­tle river scene.

There are four dif­fer­ent meth­ods of se­lect­ing colours in the app, in­clud­ing the Disc shown here. The Mod­ify, Lay­ers, and Ad­just­ments di­alogs are just a quick tap and a swipe away. There are sev­eral brushes to choose from within each gen­eral paint­ing style, such as the Artis­tic cat­e­gory.

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